SET: DOING HER BIT, young girl as nurse

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OILETTE, PRINTED IN ENGLAND or PRINTED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, COPYRIGHT LONDON
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING LETTER ABOUT THIS SET OF POSTCARDS-with grateful acknowledgement to Tim Sands (grandson of Ada Florence Tuplin and son of Mary Elfreda Sands), 23 Sudbrooke Road, Scothern, Lincolnshire’.
Doing Her Bit Postcards
Raphael Tuck & Sons, published the group of postcards, Oilette Postcard No 8887, called, Doing Her Bit, during the First World War. The original photographs for these cards were taken in 1915 in Sheffield
using young members of the ‘Tuplin’ family in the role of the Red Cross Nurse and, in one card, a Doctor
caring for their ‘doll’ patients.
It is unclear how the contact was made between the ‘Tuplins’ and Raphael Tuck. However, perhaps
unusually for the time, the children’s mother, Ada Florence Tuplin (nee Simms) (1873-1948), was an
enthusiastic photographer, taking and developing photographs of family events as well as more creative
tableaux; one of the latter depicts a woodland scene with her daughter, basket in hand, dressed up as
Little Red Riding Hood. She was, for example, a contributor to The New Photographer magazine. It may
be that Raphael Tuck used a professional photographer (in Sheffield?) who was acquainted with the
family.
The Red Cross Nurse in the pictures is Mary Elfreda Tuplin (known as Freda) (1912-1989), aged 3½, and
the doctor is her brother, Frederick Roy Tuplin (1903-1976), aged 12. One of the dolls in the pictures was
named ‘Belinda’ by Freda and is by Simon Halbig and made for Kammer & Reinhardt. Ironically, in view
of the time, it is a high quality German doll and may well have been a gift from Raphael Tuck.
Ada Florence Tuplin was my grandmother and Mary Elfreda Tuplin my mother.
Tim Sands
08/07/20

First Use:30/03/1917
Sold As:set of 6 cards
Where Sold:Great Britain

Cards in Set

ALTHOUGH HE'S HURT IN BOTH LEGS, black doll
8887
ALTHOUGH HE'S HURT IN BOTH LEGS, black doll
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H.M.B. quote cont'd: I HOPE TO PULL HIM THROUGH IT; IF CARE AND SKILL CAN SAVE A MAN, A RED CROSS NURSE WILL DO IT!, comes opt. in red BIRTHDAY GREETINGS

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Estimate
$25.00 USD
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Horizontal
I GIVE HIM HIS MEDICINE--BANDAGE HIS HEAD
8887
I GIVE HIM HIS MEDICINE--BANDAGE HIS HEAD
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H.M.B. quote cont'd: - BUT IT IS'NT OF ME HE IS THINKING: THERE'S ANOTHER YOUNG NURSE BY ANOTHER MAN'S BED AND AT HER I HAVE CAUGHT HIM WINKING
Please read the note in the set comments above-photo 5 to the right shows the original photo from which the postcard was based, photo 6 is the enhanced version

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Estimate
$15.00 USD
Orientation
Horizontal
I REALLY THINK HE'S VERY ILL, girl tends to black doll
8887
I REALLY THINK HE'S VERY ILL, girl tends to black doll
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H.M.B. quote cont'd: BUT STILL I HOPE TO CURE HIM, AND MAKE HIM FITTO TACKLE STILL, THE GREAT CAREER BEFORE HIM
Please read the note in the set comments above- image 4 to the right shows the original photo and image 5 to the right shows the original postcard which was made from that photo, also an image of the back showing the name and age-ADA FLORENCE TUPLIN (NEE SIMMS)

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Estimate
$25.00 USD
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Vertical
OH, DOCTOR! SAY HE WILL GET WELL
8887
OH, DOCTOR! SAY HE WILL GET WELL
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H.M.B. quote cont'd: WE NURSES WORK LIKE HORSES; WE'LL MAKE HIM SOUND AS ANY BELL, WE GIRLS WHO WEAR RED CROSSES., comes opt. in red TO GREET YOUR BIRTHDAY
Please read the note in the set comments above. This card show the brother Frederick Roy Tuplin (1903-1976), aged 12

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Estimate
$15.00 USD
Orientation
Horizontal
WHAT IS A RED CROSS NURSE TO DO WITH SUCH A SET OF CRANKS AS THESE?, black doll
8887
WHAT IS A RED CROSS NURSE TO DO WITH SUCH A SET OF CRANKS AS THESE?, black doll
Card Comment

verse cont'd: IT IS'NT RED CROSS WORK YOU KNOW, LET ME NURSE TOMMIES IF YOU PLEASE

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Estimate
$20.00 USD
Orientation
Horizontal